Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies with Red Velvet Icing

There really isn’t anything prettier than a red heart cookie….

Well to me anyway!

I just love red velvet cake and knew I was going to make red velvet cookies as soon as I saw LorAnn Red Velvet Emulsion.

There is something about the color red , they say red is the color that makes you hungry.Red and white check tablecloths, come to mind. So do red kitchens. My kitchen is red too. I can’t deny it, I love red!

The cookie dough looks like red fudge.

They are all lined up and ready to go in the oven.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies with Red Velvet Icing
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoon red velvet emulsion
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup melted chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60% cacao)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, mix in red velvet emulsion,vanilla, cocoa, and melted chocolate. Blend in flour baking powder, dry buttermilk, and salt. Mix until dough pulls away from paddle and begins to form ball. Roll out on floured surface. Cut into desired shape with cookie cutter. Bake on Parchment lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes.
Red Velvet Icing
  1. two-cups powdered sugar
  2. two-tablespoons water
  3. one-tablespoon corn syrup
  4. one-two-teaspoon red velvet emulsion
  5. two-teaspoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  6. Mix until smooth and pipe on cookies with #4 tip.
Red Velvet Baking Emulsion can be found at baking supply stores, if one isn't near you. There are plenty online. The brand I use is Loranns.
Dry buttermilk is made by Saco and found in the baking aisle near the evaporated milk section.


out of the oven come these beauties, they don’t even need icing….

they’d make a cute gift right there,

but I like icing. It’s so pretty and smooth. I outlined about half the cookies and filled in the other half. Outlining the cookies is great if you are in a time crunch and don’t know if you have enough time for all the icing to dry. The outline dries fairly quickly if you need to bring them somewhere. If you fill the cookies in, please, please wait to stack them. 12-24 hours. Really trust me, you don’t want to mess them up. Even if they look dry on the outside, the inside of the icing is still wet, and will dent and ding just like when you polish your nails and only wait a few minutes and think you can stick your hand in your pocketbook to get you keys and it won’t smudge…come one you’ve done that, haven’t you?


Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies with Red Velvet Icing @createdbydiane

If you like red velvet you may also like these:

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maybe you’re like me and just adore red….

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  1. 1

    so pretty!

  2. 2
    Jani LeBaron says:

    Wow… you are definitely a cook! :) I love your blog; I will be visiting you a lot!

  3. 4

    Yum!! I’ve been meaning to try this too. I have had the emulsion and the powdered BM for months!! Yours are so beautiful Diane!

    • 5

      When you try it, please tell me what the smell reminds you of. I CAN’T put my finger on it….some childhood smell of something sweet is all I can come up with. Would love to know what it reminds you of.

  4. 6

    You’ve done it again, Diane! LOVE! I’m going to visit LorAnn’s site tonight!

  5. 8

    I love all of your cut-out cookies. These are gorgeous!

  6. 10

    These are SO pretty and SO delicious looking!!!

  7. 12

    The cookies look perfect!

  8. 14

    I am seriously the world’s sloppiest cookie/cake decorator! I am in AWE of your skills. So perfect! you must have a super steady hand, either that or the cookies are perfect but your kitchen is a mess. (Tell me its true!)

  9. 16

    So beautiful and sounds delicious too!!

  10. 18
    Patty @ My Craft Spotlight says:

    Oh yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe!! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. 19

    These are sooo stinkin’ cute! I love red velvet too! Gorgeous Diane!

  12. 20

    oh my gosh that dough looks so heavenly. They would be awesome to decorate a red velvet cake with!

  13. 21

    Look at how smooth your icing is! Impressive and I know from experience. I definitely heart these. DOH!

  14. 22

    I’m in love. triple yum!

  15. 24

    You have an amazing gift of making everything look incredible. Love these.

  16. 26

    So pretty Diane. Still not ever tasted red velvet anything but I’m sure I’d love these cookies.

  17. 28

    These are absolutely gorgeous, Diane!! <3!!

  18. 30

    we’ve been discussing painting out kitchen red and in the end we settled on orange :) Now, I’m having seconds thoughts.
    the cookies are gorgeous Diane!

    • 31

      I have the upper area above my kitchen painted red. I love it, it’s been that way for about 9 years now :) I’m sure there is a photo on here somewhere of it.I LOVE orange too, what a fun color. You’ll have to share a photo with me!

  19. 32

    These are beautiful little cookies, Diane! Red velvet is definitely coveted here in the South and I’m learning to love it after not for so long (what was I thinking?)! Your other red velvet creations are beyond gorgeous. Have a happy weekend!

  20. 33

    Those cookies pull off both gorgeous and simple. I love them!

  21. 34

    Gorgeous! And best of all, they have CHOCOLATE in them! Love these!

  22. 35

    Those cookies look delicious!!! and Amazing!!!! I would love to try them out, the only roll out cookies I like to make is gingerbread, so cant wait to give this one a try. But I dont have any red velvet emulsion or dry buttermilk, what can I use instead? and the 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips is before or after melting???
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

    • 36

      you could try substituting red food coloring and experimenting with flavors to replace the red velvet emulsion, the dry buttermilk is much harder to change out, as you can’t add real buttermilk to the cookies they don’t need any liquid. The melt a heaping 1/4 cup and it measures 1/4 after melting.
      The red velvet emulsion is available through Lorann’s website and the Dry buttermilk is available online at Amazon if that helps.
      I make MANY flavors of cut out cookies so if you are unable to find the ingredients you need, maybe there is another flavor that will work out better for you. Cinnamon Raisin, Banana, Peanut Butter, Iced Oatmeal, Cherry, Lemon, Maple Walnut, Mint. Let me know if you need the link to any of those if you decide to make a different flavor.

      • 37

        Thank you so much for your response!!! I did find the dry buttermilk :) but still on the hunt for the emulsion! I Might order it online in the end!
        Oh my, so many wonderful flavours, didnt know roll out cookies can be made in them, I dont like the plain sugar cookies. I think Ill take a look at the Banana, Peanut Butter, Cherry and Lemon. Are they on this blog?

  23. 38

    I was excited to try these in preparation for Valentines, but I found the dough very dry and the cookies came out cracked. Not very nice looking which means I will have to entirely ice them so that no one can see the cracks. Any tips? Perhaps the temperature is too high?


    • 39

      Hi Denise,
      The cookie dough is not usually dry. If you feel the dough is dry the cookie will certainly come out dry. Adding less flour will help that. Don’t add flour when rolling out, roll out cookies between wax paper so there it’s not necessary to add flour. Be sure flour is light and fluffy when measuring it and don’t pack it into the measuring cup.
      As soon as the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl it’s done, don’t over mix it. That will make the cookie dough tough, in turn it will be dryer.
      I have not had trouble with this recipe being dry or cracking. I bake them at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Be sure you oven is the correct temperature and take them out when the bottoms are just firm. A helpful tip may be to try to bake one or two cookies in center of oven to see how your oven bakes them. Don’t try to bake too many trays at once and and oven thermometer is very helpful.
      I use the base of this recipe to create a lot of flavors and I haven’t had them crack, so I hope some of these options will help.
      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      • 40


        Glad I found your response to this poster. I am making these for a cookie exchange this week and did I trial run yesterday. I too found that they were were very dry but after reading your response I think I added too much flour. I did back mine into the measuring cup instead of lightly doing it and I did add flour when rolling it out. I will have to give it another try to see if I can master it before Thursday.


        • 41

          yes, too much flour will make them dry. You can start with 1/4 cup less flour and add it as needed. Yes, flour should not be packed in the measuring cup :) These are one of my favorite cookies, I hope that helps and that they work out well for you!

  24. 42

    Thanks so much for responding to my concerns with this recipe. Very much appreciated. I did everything you suggested already, but perhaps I may have over mixed using my mixer. I will try them again. I really love the idea of a red heart cookie with the shinny red icing!

    • 43

      The only other thing I think it could possibly be is the difference in butter, some butters have more water content than others. I would suggest adding less flour (try 2 cups flour) then add flour as needed.

  25. 44

    These were delicious! They made my kitchen smell so yummy too! I made the icing recipe above. Next time, I am going to make cream cheese frosting to sandwich between two of these cookies!

  26. 46

    Thank you for the recipe.
    I made this for Valentine, but not use the icing. I stamp some “love notes” on the cookies, my boyfriend loved it :)

  27. 47
    Charna rigosi says:

    Hello. Just found this blog from a fellow blogger. I’m trying to make these and have a few questions. Where do I get the red velvet emulsion and dry buttermilk?



  28. 51
    Taylor Kampert says:

    These are adorable! Can’t wait to try the snowflake cookies for the Christmas season. How many cookies does this recipe usually make?

    • 52

      I get 3 dozen out of this recipe and roll my cookies 1/4 ” thick. It will depend on the size cookie cutter you use and how thick you roll the dough.

  29. 53

    Approx how many cookies will this make?

    • 54

      This recipe made 3 dozen snowflakes with the cutter I used. It will depend on what cookie cutter size you choose and how thick you roll the cookies.

  30. 55

    Question…are these a soft cookie?? Or more on the hard side?

    • 56

      They are really in the middle of a soft and a firm cookie. They are not crispy sugar cookies, they don’t snap when you bite into them. There is more of a chew to them, but they are not soft or bendable.

  31. 57

    I actually made these tonight and I has an Issue with the dough being too soft. I couldn’t use a cut out of a snowflake because the dough just kept sticking to the cutout because it wasn’t hard or thick enough. Any advice??

    • 58

      My guess would be the temperature of your butter. Butter that is too warm will make the cookie dough too soft for cutting with a cookie cutter. If that happens I would suggest putting the ball of dough in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap and flatten it like a disk for about 10 minutes. Then try rolling it out again. Flour the surface you are working on to absorb any excess oil from the butter if you feel the butter was the culprit. This is not a very moist dough, so that would be my first suggestion. I hope that helps. Please email me directly if you are still having trouble and I can try to trouble shoot it with you. I make this recipe all the time with no issues. The only other suggestion I have is to go over the ingredients list and be sure you measured correctly. In a hurry, mistakes made are so easy :( Let me know how it goes Chelsea.

  32. 59

    Everything separated!! This didnt work :(

    • 60

      I’m not even sure I understand you comment. What separated? The cookie batter, the icing? If the cookie batter was dry, maybe you added to much flour. Do not pack flour in the measuring cups. Take a spoon and add flour to the measuring cups. If the icing separated, mix it. As with any icing, if it sits, you will have to mix it again before using it. I’d be happy to discuss what didn’t work, but leaving a vague comment is not a helpful comment.

      • 61

        Sorry i didn’t even realize that there was a frosting recipie. The dough stayed real liquidy and then everything separted in it. Im not sure went wrong.

        • 62

          If the dough was liquidy, it sounds like your butter was too soft when you began. The biggest issue with cookies is often the butter. Take you butter out of the refrigerator about 20-30 minutes before you are going to bake. Allow it to come to room temperature slightly. When you press your finger into the butter is should not sink in, the butter should still be on the firm side, not soft. My suggestion would be to re-read the instructions. This cookie dough is not soft, nor is it liquidy at all. There is no real moisture other than the butter in it.
          If a cookie dough separates and is wet, add a tablespoon more flour at a time until it comes together. If it’s dry and crumbly and does not hold together butter your hands and knead the dough twice to see if that helps. Those are my suggestions for any cookie recipe that you are having trouble with. I hope the recipe works for you next time. I make multiple batches of this recipe every year 12 dozen cookies a day often for three days in row and have not had any issues with this recipe. I hope the suggestions help you to be as successful with it.

  33. 65

    Hi Diane,
    I’m all set to make your Red Velvet Cut Out Cookies.
    I have Guittard chocolate disks on hand instead of Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Do you have a weighted equivalent for the 1/4 cup of melted chocolate chips?


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